LITERACY IS FOR EVERYONE

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OUR MISSION

Beyond Basics is a child-centered, literacy focused nonprofit organization. We provide one-on-one reading tutoring and literacy enrichment programs for K-12 students and achieve grade level movement in six to twelve weeks. Beyond Basics’ proven methods are life-changing for the kids we reach, opening a whole new world and future to those who need it most.

CORE PROGRAMS

  • One-on-One Reading Tutoring (K-12)
  • Reading Readiness  (lower elementary) / SOAR (9-12)
  • Reading Buddies / Leader Readers
  • Free Book Program
  • Publishing Center
  • International Art and Writing
  • Expanding Horizons
    • Mentoring Matters Partners
    • Caring for Kids Donation Program

A Day in the Life

Beyond Basics gets students reading and excited about learning. We’ve done this work in Detroit public schools since 2002 and have met inspiring students with amazing stories.

A Day in the Life of Elijah

One young Detroiter’s life has changed now that he has learned how to read, thanks to Beyond Basics. Keith Famie’s short film “A Day in the Life of Elijah Craft” chronicles how learning to read changed Elijah’s life. Watch this 18 minute film now to see how Beyond Basics transforms lives.

Beyond Basics 2018 Literacy Summit

Beyond Basics held its Literacy Summit at Mumford High School on March 1st to kick off National Reading Month that included students, teachers, community activists, foundations, the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Board and local journalists. DPSCD compiled this highlight reel from the summit discussion.

DPS 3 finalists for superintendent post

March 20, 2017
Detroit school board names 3 finalists for superintendent post By Crain's Detroit Business After conducting a nationwide search, the Detroit...
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WJR Radio Interview, Keith Famie & Elijah

March 6, 2017
  WJR Radio Interview with Elijah, Keith Famie, and Beyond Basics By Steve Courtney Elijah Craft and Keith Famie being...
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Crain’s article Elijah’s story

March 6, 2017
Businesses aim high with literacy program Backers make solving Detroit schools' illiteracy crisis their business By Chad Livengood The battle...
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State pushes back timeline for school closures

February 24, 2017
State pushes back timeline for school closures By Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press The State of Michigan is putting off...
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